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How the Nazis abused the history of runes

A brooch inscribed with runes was found in a field in Denmark during the Second World War and tells a story of the use and abuse of runic writing during some of the darkest moments in our history.

Historic building activity in Europe mirrors plague outbreaks and food prices

A new study shows that the dramatic upheaval and population decline known as the Late Medieval Crisis began much earlier than previously thought. Thanks to the use of felling dates from old construction timber a new picture emerges of past demographic changes in Europe.

How we discovered three poisonous books in our university library

While analysing a collection of old texts, scientists discovered a coat of green paint containing arsenic. The books have since been removed for safe storage.

Are these Danish cities older than previously thought?

Odense could have been settled as early as the late eighth century, and many other towns could be older than you think, according to new study.

A virtual time machine for the Port of Oslo of the 1700s

If you have a 3D printer, this website even lets you print out small buildings from 18th century Oslo.

Archaeologists uncover remains of a horrifying Iron Age battle in Denmark

Thirteen-year-olds fought side by side with adult men and the dead were left where they fell, ripped to pieces by hungry animals.

How to decorate like a Viking

To begin with you will need a handy Viking paint chart. Luckily, archaeologists in Denmark have just made one.

Medicine in Antiquity: From ancient temples to Roman logistics

A showdown with religious dogmas, an early scientific approach, and diligent use of plants were some of the ingredients of ancient medicine. Welcome aboard a historic journey to Greek temples, body fluids, and Roman hygiene.

Peacemaking in the Middle Ages

Historians explore how medieval elites avoided bloodshed and settled disputes.

Dead man’s genome reconstructed using DNA from living relatives

Extensive detective work pays off.